Virginia gubernatorial election, 1969
Virginia gubernatorial election results map.
Red denotes counties/independent cities won by Holton.
Blue denotes those won by Battle.
In the 1969 Virginia gubernatorial election, incumbent Governor
Mills E. Godwin, Jr., a
Democrat, was unable to seek re-election due to term limits.
A. Linwood Holton, Jr., an attorney from
Roanoke, was nominated again by the
Republican Party to run against former
United States Ambassador to Australia,
William C. Battle. The Democrats had held the governor's mansion for 84 years since
1885, and Holton's victory was considered a historic upset at the time.